NCAA Game Summary - South Carolina vs. Connecticut|
(Saturday, January 2nd)
Final Score: Connecticut 20, South Carolina 7
Birmingham, AL (Sports Network) - Andre Dixon ran for 126 yards and a
touchdown, as Connecticut dominated South Carolina, 20-7, in the PapaJohns.com
Zach Frazer completed just 9-of-21 passes for 107 yards, but threw for a
touchdown and no interceptions to help the Huskies (8-5) take their third bowl
win in four appearances.
The victory ended a season for UConn that was marked by the tragedy of
cornerback Jasper Howard being killed on campus, only hours after the Huskies
beat Louisville on October 17. UConn lost its next three games, but after an
open week capped its season with four consecutive victories.
"I told the guys, I said, 'I challenge you on offense, I challenge you on
defense and I challenge you on special teams to put everything together and do
it for Jazz,'" Dixon said. "As you saw out there, I think that's definitely
what happened today."
Stephen Garcia was limited to 129 yards on 16-of-38 completions, with one
interception, as South Carolina (7-6) ended its season by losing four of five.
Brian Maddox ran for the Gamecocks' lone touchdown.
"I thought we were ready to play, I thought our guys would play a lot better,"
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier said. "But somehow or another, didn't
luck out. Weather was beautiful. It was very nice first three quarters...cool
at the end, but that had nothing to do with it. We just thoroughly got beat. I
don't know what else to tell you."
UConn got on the board near the middle of the first quarter, when Frazer found
Kashif Moore for a 37-yard touchdown strike. That capped a nine-play, 66-yard
drive, and the Gamecocks turned the ball over on downs after failing to
convert a 4th-and-1.
The Huskies took over at the South Carolina 32-yard line and reached the 16
before the drive stalled. Dave Teggart came out and kicked a 33-yard field
goal with 3:35 left for a 10-0 lead.
Teggart's 44-yarder a little more than six minutes into the second quarter
made it 13-0. The Gamecocks got into UConn territory on the ensuing drive, but
again turned the ball over on downs, and it remained a 13-point game at the
The third quarter was scoreless, but Garcia fumbled late in the frame to give
UConn the ball at the South Carolina 35. The Huskies then turned to Dixon, who
ran eight times in the drive. His last was a 10-yard run to get across the
goal line and make it a 20-0 contest less than two minutes into the fourth.
The UConn defense did the rest. The Gamecocks were forced into a three-and-
out, then had another drive end on an interception by Robert Vaughn. South
Carolina did score with 3:24 to play, after Garcia's 38-yard pass to D.L.
Moore set up Maddox's two-yard touchdown run.
But the Huskies, feeding Dixon, the game's MVP, ran out the clock from there
to secure the win.
South Carolina fell to 4-11 all-time in bowl games...UConn compiled 253 total
yards and held the ball for nearly 35 1/2 minutes...South Carolina totaled 205
yards, including just 76 on the ground...Dixon reached the 1,000-yard mark for
the season, as he entered the game with 967. Jordan Todman, the Huskies'
leading rusher this season, had 36 yards on the ground.
01/02 22:01:27 ET